Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1869 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.3 build 2825
  • Total Downloads:
    16,910,631
  • Date Added:
    April 29, 2008
  • File Size:
    36.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,857
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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To put it gently, Adobe Reader is a real pain in the hindquarters. It's monstrously large, slow to load, and includes many features most users will hardly ever need. Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 kills the bloat and throws in some neat features, such as annotation tools, while still allowing you to read PDF documents.

The interface mimics Adobe's, so you won't have to change your reading habits. In our test, the text readability wasn't much inferior to Acrobat's. The 2.6 MB program starts surprisingly fast compared to Acrobat. You might need to fiddle a bit to get it to work with your Internet browser, but you can find help on Foxit's support forums. It's a nice touch that it opens PDFs from the Internet in their own Foxit window, instead of sucking resources from within the browser.

Foxit's biggest flaw in the old version was hogging memory and that has been corrected. Recent updates include fixing the hyperlink problem, multimedia support, printing highlighted-only sections, and tabbed PDF browsing, so you can read multiple PDFs simultaneously and with ease. Overall, unless you're tied to Adobe we strongly recommend this freeware competitor.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.8

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star 29
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 1869 votes

    • 5 star 969
    • 4 star 509
    • 3 star 137
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 161
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5 stars

"new sherriff in town"

June 04, 2008  |  By dr.electron

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

ITS NOT ADOBE ACROBAT, it is a superior product, it has all the advantages with none of the headaches associated with acrobat, in short simple terms this program is an all around winner hands down

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5 stars

"My only PDF reader!"

May 31, 2008  |  By janbgobh

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

Fast, easy, small. Love it! I've removed Adobe from my system and only use Foxit.

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5 stars

"Small download, fast, effective, flawless."

May 31, 2008  |  By dash rendar

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

It just works. Unlike Adobe Reader, it doesn't need weekly updates. Again, unlike Adobe Reader, it doesn't hang my machine.

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4 stars

"Better than I expected"

May 28, 2008  |  By TheMessngr

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

I like that you can view and print PDF's. I also like that you can comment and use the typewriter.

Cons

I didn't like that there did not seem to be a way to insert links within the document.

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5 stars

"No System Slowdowns common with Acrobutt"

May 28, 2008  |  By Lordrobot

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

Low profile. Acrobutt 8 professional continued to slow my computer to a stall with every pdf launch. I had to reboot. This little jewel is efficient code and chock full of features. I encourage everyone to kill their Acrobutt and banish that would be virus to the cornfiled and load this excellent Foxit PDF reader. Best I have ever seen.

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5 stars

"Faster than Acrobat"

May 27, 2008  |  By kluu

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

Much faster loadfing time compared to Adobe Acrobat.

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5 stars

"Amazing"

May 26, 2008  |  By ofoorp

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

Tabbed browsing. Uses less system resources than Adobe Reader.

Cons

Update Manager is a bit dodgey.

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5 stars

"The perfect sub to Adobe Acrobat reader"

May 26, 2008  |  By Odiwan75

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

Having Foxit instead of Adobe is like swapping a gas guzzler for a hybrid. It does everything I usually did with Acrobat reader, with less than half the space on my hard drive. Sweet.

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5 stars

"Fast; good for viewing pdf's that do not need editing."

May 24, 2008  |  By bwd634

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

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5 stars

"MUCH BETTER THAN ACRO READER"

May 23, 2008  |  By Redrik

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2.3 build 2825

Pros

Loads very quickly.

Does the same basic job.

You can highlight bits, add stickynotes, type stuff (usefull for pdf forms) and other things. These extras leave a message on the saved copy but it's sensibly placed so it probably won't obliterate anything.

It's well worth paying for but you don't have to.

Cons

Not enough people know about it and I get asked to deal with their Acro Reader issues.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.3 build 2825
Version 2.3 build 2825 now supports many media formats including audio and video.
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date April 29, 2008
Date Added April 29, 2008
Version 2.3 build 2825
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows Me
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 36.2MB
File Name FoxitReader703.0916_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,910,631
Downloads Last Week 4,857
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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